Keith Krach | New Story

Keith Krach

New Story Advisor and Executive Chairman of DocuSign

Since the beginning of New Story, Keith has played a significant role in advising and supporting us. His experience leading and scaling startups will be invaluable to New Story's success. We're grateful to have Keith and his entire family part of our story and we're excited for what's next.

Bio: Keith Krach is Chairman of the Board of DocuSign, the global standard for Digital Transaction Management (DTM) and eSignature. DocuSign empowers anyone to transact anything, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Securely.

Krach is a Silicon Valley veteran, best known for being a builder of innovative high-performance companies, a disruptor of paper, and a creator of categories. Krach has led the creation of the categories of Business-to-Business (B2B) Electronic Commerce, Mechanical Design Synthesis, and Digital Transaction Management (DTM), and is known as an early pioneer in the robotics industry.

Krach has served as the Chairman of Docusign for 8 years and as the CEO for 6 years. Under his leadership, DocuSign experienced 60x growth by building the DocuSign Global Trust Network, which includes 300,000 companies, strategic partnerships with many of the world's most powerful technology companies, amassing over 200 million unique users in 188 countries. He drove the global expansion from 75 employees to more than 2,000 employees, including 4 acquisitions. During his tenure, DocuSign became the verb across real estate, financial services, insurance and other industries and established the benchmark for trust in the industry by facilitating the creation of the xDTM Standard.

Krach co-founded Ariba (ARBA on Nasdaq) in 1996, serving as Chairman & CEO for 7 years. Krach took Ariba public in 2000, ultimately achieving a market capitalization of $34 billion and becoming one of the fastest growing software companies in history. In honor of his accomplishments in e-business, Ernst & Young named Krach the 2000 National Entrepreneur of the Year, the same year he was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award. Today, nearly $1 trillion of commerce is transacted annually through the Ariba network, which is more than Amazon, eBay and Alibaba combined.

Krach started his career at General Motors and became the youngest-ever vice president at the age of 26. He was also one of the founders of the joint venture between GM and Fanuc Robotics, the leading robotics company in the world today. He then joined the founding team of Rasna Corporation, which created a new methodology for optimizing mechanical designs.  Rasna was sold to Parametric Technologies for $500 million in 1995. Krach then became Benchmark Capital's first Entrepreneur in Residence until founding Ariba.

Krach earned his B.S. degree in Engineering from Purdue University, his MBA from Harvard and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Ohio Northern University.  He has served as a member of the board of directors for numerous companies ranging from software to clean technology. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at Purdue University, Chairman of the DocuSign Impact Foundation, former Chairman of the Board at Angie's List, former International President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, former Board of Governors of Opportunity International, and former board member at XOJet. Krach and his wife, Metta Krach (B.A. UCLA; J.D. Georgetown), have 5 children ranging from 30 to 5 years old, and reside in San Francisco.

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